Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network
Merseyside Blue Light Mental Health and Wellbeing Network will work collaboratively to raise mental health awareness, tackle stigma and deliver support to Merseyside blue light staff, volunteers and their families.
About Blue Light
Wirral Mind are proud to be developing one of the first Blue Light Mental Health Networks in the UK, bringing together the learning Mind have gained across the four key Blue Light Programme areas (improving workplace wellbeing, building resilience, providing information and challenging stigma) to enable emergency service organisations within our area to collaborate and work together on applying our three-pronged approach to workplace wellbeing across their organisations.
We have investment available to support a programme of activity, designed to collectively improve access to mental health information and support for all employees across emergency services in our area. To ensure join-up with wider community mental health support, we have a dedicated coordinator, based within Wirral Mind to facilitate cross-sector partnership activity.
This facilitated network will seek to enable greater joint working and knowledge sharing across services and sectors to improve mental health support pathways for blue light employees and volunteers; from prevention and early intervention through to recovery and rehabilitation. We hope to develop a holistic approach across emergency service organisations that could subsequently be replicated and adopted by other areas in the future.
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Knowing how to recognise signs of mental health problems in yourself and others, and helping colleagues deal with everything from stress to returning after time off – these are essential skills for every blue light workplace. We will be delivering face-to-face training for line managers and there are online webinars available to help emergency services staff and volunteers stay well for work.
I can strongly recommend becoming a Blue Light Champion and although it helps, lived experience is not a pre-requisite. The team and other Blue Light Champions have been inclusive, supportive and inspiring. They have made me feel valued and listened to. (quote from ‘Our Blue Light: Mental health support for our emergency services staff and volunteers – one year on’). To find out more about becoming a Blue Light Champion click the blue button below!
Blue Light Infoline
Need advice on your mental health or wellbeing? Call, email or text our Blue Light Infoline; just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families. We can provide independent and confidential support, advice and signposting.
• 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
• Text: 84999
Contact Wirral Mind Blue Light